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    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

    TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

    Our Railroad Tours | Train Schedule | Make most of your Trans-Siberian adventure | When to go | On board

    It’s the journey nearly everyone wants to do, perhaps because it’s commonly said to be the longest you can make on a single train. You will get a unique local experience of being in usual train with locals at many cultural, historical and natural places of interest. The journey can be arranged in sections with overnight stays in the local hotels. The most popular stops are Irkutsk (Baikal Lake) and Ulaanbaatar (capital of Mongolia) but there are many more interesting cities to be discovered if times allows. Korea Konsult is an expert in Trans-Siberian tours and will be happy to arrange a journey on your request!

    Trans-Siberian


    At present, the longest non-stop train route in the world is between Moscow and Pyongyang, it covers 10267 km and takes eight days. Foreign tourists have to leave the train in Tumangang (North Korean border city).
    The longest non-stop route on the Russian territory is between Moscow and the Pacific Terminus of Vladivostok. The train passes through whole Siberia and makes 9288 km in 6-7 days.

    Every year on May 9 in Vladivostok there is Victory Parade - the biggest celebration in Russia

    Big cities on the route: Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita and Khabarovsk

    REQUIRED VISAS:
    Russia

    Trans-Mongolian


    The Trans-Mongolian is the most popular route, it goes from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia, total distance is 7826 km. This train crosses the Western part of Siberia, cuts across Mongolia and the Gobi desert, then enters China.
    1 departure a week from Moscow to Beijing (Chinese train) and 1-2 more weekly departures to Ulaanbaatar (Mongolian or Russian train).
    It is one of the most popular routes to travel in all seasons.

    Every year in mid-July you may attend the famous Naadam Festival - the major Mongolian festival of nomadic culture

    Big cities on the route: Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Ulaanbaatar

    REQUIRED VISAS:
    Russia, China and Mongolia

    Trans-Manchurian


    It goes from Moscow to Beijing via Harbin, Manchuria. The train journey is 8984 km. This route could be convenient for North Korea travellers as this train stops in Shenyang. From Shenyang it takes less than 1,5 hours to Dandong, the Chinese border city with North Korea.
    One departure a week from Moscow by Russian train “Vostok”.

    In Jan-Feb Harbin is the home of International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - a major attraction during the winter, one of the biggest and popular ice shows in Asia

    Big cities on the route: Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Harbin, Shenyang

    REQUIRED VISAS:
    Russia and China

     

    Our Railroad Tours

    The list below is NOT complete list of our Trans-Siberian tours. If you cannot find the tour which suits your needs please contact us directly: postmaster@koreakonsult.com. We will be happy to assist you and prepare tailor-made itinerary for you.

    PRICES
    Please note that we don't have fixed prices for these tours. The price depends on time of your booking, season and some other conditions.

    TRANS-SIBERIAN ROUTE: MOSCOW-VLADIVOSTOK (Russia)

    TRANS-SIBERIAN ROUTE: MOSCOW-TUMANGANG (North Korea)

    TRANS-MONGOLIAN ROUTE: MOSCOW-BEIJING (via Mongolia)

    TRANS-MANCHURIAN ROUTE: MOSCOW-BEIJING (via Harbin)

    Train Schedule

    East-bound trains

    ** - except 31st
    Train

    Route

    Distance
    Travel time
    Dep. day
    Dep.time
    Arrival day
    Arr.time
    4
    Moscow-Beijing
    7826 km
    131:29
    Tuesday
    23:55
    Monday
    11:40
    Trans-Mongolian train via Irkutsk, Naushki, Ulaanbataar
    20
    Moscow-Beijing
    8984 km
    146:01
    Saturday
    23:55
    next Saturday
    05:49
    Trans-Manchurian train via Irkutsk, Zabaikalsk, Harbin, Shenyang
    2
    Moscow-Vladivostok**
    9288 km
    143:20
    odd days
    23:45
    6 days later
    06:55
    train "Rossiya" via Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Ussuriisk
    100
    Moscow-Vladivostok
    9288 km
    163:28
    even days
    00:35
    7 days later
    06:40
    via Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Ussuriisk
    002щ
    Moscow-Tumangang
    9412 km
    159:25
    4 times a month
    23:45
    7 days later
    11:15
    Trans-Siberian via Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Ussurijsk, Khasan
    4
    Moscow-Ulaanbataar
    6266 km
    98:50
    Tuesday
    23:55
    Sunday
    06:50
    Trans-Mongolian train via Irkutsk, Naushk
    6
    Moscow-Ulaanbataar
    6266 km
    98:50
    Wednesday & Thursday
    23:55
    Monday & Tuesday
    06:50
    Trans-Mongolian train via Irkutsk, Naushki
    20
    Moscow-Harbin
    7573 km
    129:06
    Saturday
    23:55
    Friday
    12:50
    Trans-Manchurian train via Irkutsk, Zabaikalsk
    24
    Ulaanbataar-Beijing
    1346 km
    30:50
    Thursday
    07:30
    Friday
    11:40
    via Zamyn-Uud, Erenhot
    362
    Irkutsk-Ulaanbataar
    1113 km
    32:38
    daily
    21:00
    2 days later
    05:45
    via Naushki, Sükhbaatar
    4
    Irkutsk-Beijing
    2469 km
    56:39
    Saturday
    08:12
    Monday
    11:40
    Trans-Mongolian train via Naushki, Ulaanbataar
    20
    Irkutsk-Beijing
    3808 km
    70:05
    Wednesday
    08:12
    Sat
    05:49
    Trans-Manchurian train via Zabaikalsk
    20
    Irkutsk-Harbin
    2420 km
    52:56
    Wednesday
    08:12
    Friday
    12:50
    Trans-Manchurian train via Zabaikalsk

    West-bound trains

    Train

    Route

    Distance
    Travel time
    Dep. day
    Dep.time
    Arrival day
    Arr.time
    3
    Beijing-Moscow
    7862 km
    131:29
    Wednesday
    11:22
    Monday
    13:58
    Trans-Mongolian train via Ulaanbataar, Naushki, Irkutsk
    19
    Beijing-Moscow
    8984 km
    144:36
    Saturday
    23:00
    Friday
    17:58
    Trans-Manchurian train via Shenyang, Harbin, Zabaikalsk, Irkutsk
    1
    Vladivostok-Moscow
    9288 km
    145:59
    even days
    19:10
    6 days later
    14:13
    train "Rossiya" via Ussuriisk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk
    99
    Vladivostok-Moscow
    9288 km
    162:08
    odd days
    1:02
    7 days later
    11:13
    via Ussuriisk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk
    651
    Tumangang-Moscow
    9412 km
    159:25
    4 times a month on specific dates
    15:00
    7 days later
    11:13
    via Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Ussurijsk, Khasan
    3
    Ulaanbataar-Moscow
    6266 km
    98:33
    Thursday
    15:22
    Monday
    13:58
    Trans-Mongolian train via Naushki, Irkutsk
    5
    Ulaanbataar-Moscow
    6266 km
    98:33
    Tuesday & Friday
    15:22
    Saturday & Tuesday
    13:58
    Trans-Mongolian train via Naushki, Irkutsk
    19
    Harbin-Moscow
    7573 km
    129:06
    Sunday
    15:42
    Friday
    17:58
    Trans-Manchurian train via Zabaikalsk, Irkutsk
    23
    Beijing-Ulaanbaatar
    1346 km
    30:50
    Tuesday & Wednesday
    11:22
    Wednesday & Thursday
    14:35
    via Erenhot, Zamyn-Uud
    263
    Ulaanbaatar-Irkutsk
    1113 km
    33:50
    daily
    20:35
    2 days later
    07:15
    via Naushki, Sükhbaatar

    Make most of your Trans-Siberian adventure

    There is no such train as the Trans-Siberian Express but a whole range of trains across Siberia, including countless Russian domestic trains plus a handful of direct international trains to Mongolia and China. You can plan your stops in cities alоng the way and book trains using the Trans-Siberian timetable above, or book one of our tours.

    Moscow is connected by direct trains with Paris, Berlin, Helsinki, Nice, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw etc. It's also easy to travel from London to Moscow by connecting several trains - start your Trans-Siberian trip with Eurostar from London to Paris and then a ride on the excellent Paris-Moscow Express!

    It can be a great idea to combine your Trans-Siberian journey with visiting other places along the way - be it Mongolia, China, South Korea, Japan or North Korea. We will be glad to help you get the most out of your time in this part of the world

    Don't miss Baikal Lake

    It is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water, the world's deepest lake, one of the world's clearest and is the world's oldest lake. Make a stop-over in Irkutsk to visit this beauty

    Make a stop-over in Mongolia

    Mongolia is known as the 'Land of Blue Skies', it has over 260 sunny days each year - make a stop over in Ulaanbaator, the Mongolian capital, and pay a visit to the hometown of Genghis Khan - Delüün Boldog, near the mountain Burkhan Khaldun

    Go all the way to North Korea

    It is a great idea to combine your Trans-Siberian trip with an adventure to the most mysterious country in the world. You can travel from Moscow all the way through Siberia to Tumangang - the gateway to the DPRK

    When to go

    You can go at any time of year as the Trans-Siberian Railway operates all year round. Naturally, the summer months from May to September have the best weather and the longest daylight hours so are the most popular. In winter (except for Christmas and New Year holidays) it's easier to get tickets, the trains are warmly heated and the Siberian landscape beautiful in the snow, but the hours of daylight will be shorter and stretching your legs at stations or visiting the cities will be chillier. In many ways it's the slushy thaw around April that's least attractive.

    On board

    On the regular public trains, bedding is supplied in first- and second-class carriages, the berths being folded into seats by day. Each sleeping-car has at least two western-style toilets and a washroom with sinks. The only public trains offering showers for a small fee are the Trans-Mongolian Moscow–Beijing train (train 3/4), and Rossiya Moscow-Vladivostok train (train 1/2) - these trains offer a shower hose in the small shared bathroom located in a special household carriage.

    Each carriage has a (male) provodnik or more usually a (female) provodnitsa who cleans, maintains the samovar and puts out steps at stations, so it’s as well to keep on the right side of them.

    The Trans-Siberian is safe for families or solo females - it's the way Russian families and women travel. Most trains in Russia have 3 classes of cabins to choose from:

    • First class (SV) - is the most comfortable but is also the cost of the journey compared with a kupe. Each cabin consists of two sofas flanking each side of the compartment, which convert into beds for sleeping. On some trains such as the Trans-Mongolian, the first class compartments has private bathrooms.
    • Second class (Kupe)- somewhat compares to the standard on Western European sleeper trains. These carriages are compartmentalized, with each compartment holding 4 beds. You will have to share the two lower bunks during the day. There are two shared bathrooms on each carriage, which are locked during stops at stations.
    • Third class (Platzkart) - bears some resemblance to the hard sleeper class on Chinese trains. These carriages are in an open layout with two lower and two upper berths, and small, narrow corridor and another two berths that are located on the opposite side below and above the window. Some travellers like it as it is a taste of real Russia, and the price is usually 40–50 percent lower than kupe.

    Food & drink

    Food quality is generally adequate, though menus are limited, in Russia typically ham and fried eggs for breakfast, schnitzel and potatoes for lunch or dinner, with soups and salads for starters. Beer, Russian champagne, vodka, chocolate and snacks are sold at the bar. The Mongolian Railways restaurant car normally serves rice and mutton, while the Chinese dining car has a good variety of Chinese dishes.

    In every train car there is a pot with boiling water available for making hot drinks (bring your own tea, but the water is free). Carriage attendants also sell tea and coffee, and it's usually possible to buy soft drinks and beer in the restaurant carriage to bring back to your carriage.

    Stops at stations allow food to be bought from platform vendors or shops; fare depends on location and season, but usually includes fruit, bread, boiled eggs, pot noodles, beer and soft drinks. Be wary of cold meats and salads and always make sure you know how long each stop is (some are no more than five minutes) before venturing far from the coach – people have been left behind.

    PAYMENT:
    Please note that all payments are done in CASH only - in rubles in Russia, in tugriks in Mongolia and in RMBs in China.

    Stops at stations allow food to be bought from platform vendors or shops; fare depends on location and season, but usually includes fruit, bread, boiled eggs, pot noodles, beer and soft drinks. Be wary of cold meats and salads and always make sure you know how long each stop is (some are no more than than five minutes) before venturing far from the coach – people have been left behind.

    What to pack

    Thin clothes in summer; thick and warm in winter (when temperatures can fall as low as -40°C) with scarves, gloves, warm hat and even thermal underwear if you are planning to spend any length of time outside. But the trains are warm all year round, so you’ll want lighter clothing as well. If travelling by service train, be ready to make the most of the unlimited supply of boiling water from the samovar at the end of each coach. Also useful are slippers, a money belt (worn inside), gaffer tape, ear plugs, clothes pegs, sunglasses (even in winter), sterilized wipes, a small torch, a universal bath plug and a folding umbrella. Spare camera batteries/recharger are vital in winter as cold weather quickly depletes the charge.

     
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